Thursday, June 26, 2014

Euros 14m for training journalists

By The Citizen Reporter

Arusha. The Germany government has granted 14 million euros to the East African Community (EAC) to support media training.

An agreement to that effect was signed here on Tuesday in the presence of the EAC secretary general Dr Richard Sezibera and the Charge d’ Affaires at the Germany Embassy in Tanzania Hans Koeppel.

The grant will support higher eduction and training for future journalists and media professionals which will be executed through the Graduate School of Media and Communications (GSMC) of the Aga Khan University. “The education and training programmes of the GSMC will have a strong regional focus and will foster a diverse array of media leaders, enterprises and institutions that will be distinguished by high standards of competence, ethics, professionalism and social responsibility,” the EAC Secretariat said in a statement yesterday.

The GSMC will closely cooperate with the Deutsche Welle Akademie (DWA), which is the media development division of Germany’s well known international broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW).

The media dispatch further said Germany announced a new commitment to the EAC in the water and sanitation sector. The EAC and Germany believe that coordinated trans-boundary investment approaches are needed to cope with the growing demand for delivery of services.